Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Eton Pote 319 (Eton College Library, Eton College)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Qiṣṣat Kāmrūp.
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: A colophon was added later in another hand on different paper and does not provide information on copying.

Note concerning work: A digitized version of a copy of Dastūr-i Himmat by Muḥammad Murād is available from University of Melbourne at https://digitised-collections.unimelb.edu.au/handle/11343/23319?show=full - the text is very similar to that in Eton Pote 319 and Eton Pote 437.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.697 [BL Add. 19624 - entitled Dastūr-i Himmat - Muḥammad Murād's versified version of the Himmat Khān prose version - the first verse is the same in Eton Pote 319 and Eton Pote 437]; p.711 [BL Egerton 1036 - verse version by Anjab]; p.763 [BL Add. 5623 (by Muḥammad Kāẓim)]; p.803 [BL Add. 6632 (autograph version by Munshī ʿAlī Riẓā)]
Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office (2 vols.) H. Ethé 1903-37 col.533, no. 821 [BL IO Islamic 2774 (by Himmat Khān - the same version as that ascribed elsewhere to Muḥammad Kāẓim)]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.816, no. 1326 [Bodl. Fraser 106 (translation ascribed to Mīr ʿĪsā Himmat Khān ibn Islām Khān Badakhshī)]
Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.187

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 170 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 15.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 9.5 cm.
Foliation: Not foliated or paginated.


11 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a dark blue outer. Two columns. Rubrications in red.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1r: seal of Polier (1181).


Reddish leather, Indian style, inlayed turanj , pendants and corner pieces. Marbled paper doublures. Condition: The lower board is detached. Dimensions: 19.8 × 13.5 × 2.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 881+.


Origin: Undated.

Provenance and Acquisition

The "Pote Collection" arrived in England from India in 1790 and was divided between the Colleges of Eton and King's, Cambridge, with the second half alphabetically going to Eton. Both halves of the collection are now housed in Cambridge University Library on permanent loan. Most if not all of the manuscripts had previously been owned by Colonel Antoine-Louis Henri Polier (1741–1795).

Gift of Edward Ephraim Pote (d.1832) in 1788.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on D.S. Margoliouth, Catalogue of the Oriental Manuscripts in the Library of Eton College, Oxford, 1904 enhanced with additional descriptions and corrections by Shiva Mihan.


All manuscripts of the Pote Collection are on permanent loan at Cambridge University Library. Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card for admissions procedures consult Cambridge University Library. Contact near_eastern@lib.cam.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript

Funding of Cataloguing

Eton College


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